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Actress and stuntwoman Kelly Greyson talks about her time working with Bruce Williswhich she defends for her authenticity and her professionalism on and off the film sets.
Greyson last toured with Willis a little over a year ago for “Fortress: Sniper’s Eye,” the second installment of “Fortress.” Jesse Metcalfe and Chad Michael Murray also star in the action-packed film.
In an interview with Fox News Digital, Greyson said she was unaware of Willis’ aphasia diagnosis at the time she worked with him, but thinks his retirement should remind everyone of the incredible legacy. who built it.
“I’ve had the privilege of working with him on several occasions over the past two years. It was a gift to get to know him as a person and to see how genuinely kind he is in real life. The narrative about him right now should be about the incredible career he’s had,” Greyson told Fox News Digital.
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Greyson, who does her own stunts in the cyber-thriller, said she had no preconceptions about Willis before she started working with him. Still, she was surprised by what she learned about the “Die Hard” actor.
“Looking back, he was more down to earth, engaging and generous than I ever imagined. A lot of times fame goes to people’s heads. He’s definitely super suave on camera, but just right in real life. life, he embodied those things. It’s a huge compliment to someone of that international notoriety for them to be so just a good human,” Greyson said.
Last month, Willis’ wife Emma, ex-wife Demi Moore and his five daughters announced that the actor had been diagnosed as aphasic, a condition that affects the ability to communicate. As a result, the family said Willis is “stepping away from the career that meant so much to him”.
Greyson recalls that regardless of the situation, Willis “was a soldier” back when she worked with him.
“As far as being on set and interacting with people, yeah, he was hanging out and watching the screen. He was watching some of the actors play their roles. He was sitting and talking with the director I think he was just fine interacting on a personal level with people,” Greyson said, adding that at the time of filming “Fortress: Sniper’s Eye,” there were still new “tough” protocols in place. due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Shortly after Willis’ diagnosis became public knowledge, filmmakers who have worked with him in recent years claimed to have recognized some of Willis’ cognitive issues, such as memory loss and confusion on film sets. Greyson shared that while she “heard people wondering certain things,” it was her talent that stood out for her.
The stuntwoman went on to note that it looks like Willis has a “beautiful” supporting family around her.
Although Willis isn’t taking on any more projects at this time, Greyson says she’s “grateful” for the pleasure of working with one of the greats.
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“What I take away from watching it is being authentically you in the moment. Every time you experience those moments authentically, that’s what’s happening on camera.”
In “Fortress: Sniper’s Eye,” viewers will see Greyson perform combat. The fitness enthusiast has plenty of experience performing stunts on camera, including swordplay, cliff jumping, horse riding and crashes.
“This film was particularly fun because I did some body-to-body [stunts] but it felt more like a military-style melee. I had some pretty intense fight scenes. I always come away with a bit of bleeding and bruising after every stunt and this was no exception. I really enjoyed it,” she added.
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A scene from the upcoming film will show Willis and Greyson together in a hospital.
“This one, I think he was recovering from a previous fight. We had a scene in a hospital room, so we were talking about what would happen next. It was a really cool moment. In the other movies, there’s a lot of scenes too. It’s always been a good time,” she said.
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Along with acting, Greyson is committed to prioritizing health and fitness. She’s the type to squat in her seat while she eats dinner and often chooses a cardio activity when answering incoming phone calls. She has also been busy forming the non-profit organization my1Mpact, a global platform to “encourage people to recognize their ability to impact the world in ways only they can”, said she shared.
His goal through the nonprofit is to highlight heroes “around the world.”
For Greyson, Willis had an impact in his own right.
“I have never heard of [his] previously diagnosed. But my memory of working with Bruce is how friendly and really, really talented he was in his role. He is definitely a professional. He’s coming out like a legend with a great career behind him,” she said.
Willis had worked steadily and frequently. Renowned for films like “Die Hard,” “Pulp Fiction” and “The Sixth Sense,” Willis has in recent years produced direct-to-video thrillers. Last year, he starred in eight stunning films. Most came and went quietly, including tracks like “Cosmic Sin”, “Out of Death” and “Deadlock”.
Most recently, Willis starred in “Gasoline Alley” and “A Day to Die” in February, released in early March. Willis has already filmed at least six other films slated for release in 2022 and 2023, including “Die Like Lovers,” “Corrective Measures” and “The Wrong Place.”
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On Wednesday, the ‘Armageddon’ star’s wife took to Instagram to share new photos of the couple enjoying the outdoors.
“Mom and Dad in their favorite habitat,” Heming captioned. Publishfeaturing a photo carousel of the smiling married couple.
In their March 30 statement, her family noted the “difficult time” she finds herself in.
“This is a really tough time for our family and we so appreciate your continued love, compassion and support. We are going through this as a strong family unit and we wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he matter to you, as you do to him.
“Fortress: Sniper’s Eye” is set to hit select theaters, digital platforms, and VOD on April 29.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.